Disasters bring with them great challenges. Rescue, response and recovery are followed by reconstruction and rebuilding lives. But the work doesn’t stop there. Reducing the risk of future disasters is key to preventing the loss of more lives. For some of us, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or droughts are something we hear about in far-off places. For others, they may be part of the life of our community. As usual, we have focused on practical examples and guidance, with features on early warning systems, working with displaced people and preparing for disasters. Organisations from India and Niger have also shared their work on Disaster Risk Reduction. Whether or not you have experienced a disaster first-hand, I hope you will be inspired by the story of Leon, an earthquake survivor from Haiti, who reminds us that life after a disaster can still be lived to the full.

Here at Footsteps, we have recently been reviewing our mailing list and were delighted to find that we now have readers in over 160 countries! It is so encouraging to know that there are like-minded people across the world who are seeking to be informed and inspired to make a difference in their communities. Thank you to all those of you who have joined our Footsteps Feedback Group. You will receive your first questionnaire with this issue and we look forward to hearing from you soon. As ever, we continue to pray that God will bless the work of your hands. 

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 88 in html.

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  • Bible study: Preparing for disasters

    Preparing for Disasters Adapted from Disasters and the Local Church by Bill Crooks and Jackie Mouradian Read Genesis 41:25-40 God warned the Egyptian king through a dream that drought and famine were coming to his land.

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  • Combating drought in the Sahel

    Each year almost 750,000 children around the world are caught up in disasters and can be greatly upset by the experience of being displaced, losing loved ones and friends.

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  • Early warning systems

    Adapted from Disasters and the Local Church by Bill Crooks and Jackie Mouradian In the event of a disaster, warning communities can make the difference between life and death.

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  • Landslides

    Landslides occur when the soil on a slope becomes unstable, and quantities of soil, mud and rock start to move down the slope. They can cause serious damage and are difficult to predict.

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  • Letters

    Motor-pump irrigation I am the coordinator of a local organisation which works with small farmers on market gardening. For years we have been using watering cans to water our vegetables, although with some difficulty.

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  • Resources

    Disasters and the Local Church This new Tearfund publication provides practical guidance for church leaders in disaster-prone areas of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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  • Working on disasters

    In over 40 years of experience of disaster response, Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR) has evolved from being an organisation that just provides

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  • Working with displaced people

    Adapted from Disasters and the Local Church by Bill Crooks and Jackie Mouradian Displaced people are those who have left their normal living area because their lives or their livelihoods were in danger.

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